I often find people asking how I got into playing my instruments? I started playing the flute at an early age, I believe I was eight and I can honestly say I have never looked back – music has always been a huge part of my life both socially and in my career. I was inspired by a girl “Michelea” who was several years older than me and I very much looked up to her. When she came home with a flute one day – well I had to have a go! That was it!
It was then when I asked my parents if I could learn the flute.
Along we went to Dawkes Music – which was then on the Bath road at the time and purchased a new Yamaha flute! I started having lessons at school and before I knew it I was off to the National Youth Orchestra and preparing for Music college auditions. Several years later I picked up the clarinet and the saxophone and found playing the different instruments opened up playing a new style of music, I loved it!
Now as a teacher and performer I often find that people always say “I wish I had played the flute” or “is it too late for me to play the saxophone” NO! Its never too late! I have always taught adults and children and although the teaching style is different the fundamental goal is the same – the love for music and wanting to play some melodies that you recognise! Some people may well go on to play professionally but for many its about the love of playing and performing within a group.
This week My Music has just started two new saxophone players off on their musical journey, both adults, both excited to start to play their first notes. I very much remember this and wanting to get home and get going, then the weeks that passed my sound got better and my fingers started to remember which note was which! I always encourage pupils to practice for 15 minutes per day to start with – not long at all but allowing the embouchure (the way we blow) to form and strengthen. I caught up with one of the ladies to find out how her lesson went….
“I had my first lesson today with My Music. I was naturally a little apprehensive as I have not had any form of lesson for the past 30 years! I have just had a big birthday and my husband had purchased me some lessons as a present. Its something I had always wanted to do but didn’t hadn’t got round to it or didn’t really know where to start! The staff at Dawkes Music were very helpful and they introduced me to my teacher and showed me where the lessons would take place. I hadn’t decided if I wanted to play the alto or tenor saxophones but after a quick hold of them both I decided the alto might be a bit easier to hold. In my first lesson I learnt how to hold the saxophone, how to put it together (which is obviously going to be helpful at home!) and how to blow and make some sounds. My next lesson is booked for next week and I hope to get started on perfecting my G,A and B notes!”
I don’t think it matters what age you are or which instrument you want to learn, they are all great fun! I cant wait to hear how the lady is getting on over the next few weeks….. If you fancy having a go why not get in touch with us to arrange a FREE trial lesson